Saturday Spending Spree


After eight years of swallowing massive, co-pay-coated promises of “universal health care,” it’s a relief that a substantive debate is opening up around single-payer health care during this election cycle. However, too many conversations on this issue are being halted by calls of “impracticality.” Real health care for all would be nice, we are told, but there’s just no room for it in the budget.

What’s rarely mentioned in these “no room” conversations is that the current version of the budget – the place where our taxes go and metamorphose into services and activities that are supposed to support us – is extremely bad for our health.

Much of our tax money, on both the federal and state levels, is funneled toward activities that are literally killing people. Instead of dismissing “health care for all” as an appealing-but-unachievable dream, we need to talk about how we can shift our overall funding priorities from a framework of death and destruction to one of life and healing.

In mid-February, the Obama administration released its 2017 budget proposal, in which almost $623 billion is allocated to the Pentagon and related spending. The Pentagon alone snags $583 billion, receiving a $2 billion raise over last year, according to a National Priorities Project analysis.

Less than 2 percent of Pentagon funds would go toward “fighting ISIS.” (The idea that ISIS can be effectively “fought” is, of course, a highly problematic prospect – but even if you think it can, that’s not where your taxes are flowing.)

Plus, the 2017 budget proposal includes a $59 billion Pentagon slush fund, which allows the military to break congressionally set caps on its spending over the course of the year.



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25 Responses to Saturday Spending Spree

  1. jimhitchcock says:

    Is it fair to say the the true mission of the Pentagon is to support worldwide security of our business interests?

    And is it also fair to say that so-called universal health care in our country provides many opportunities to our business interests?

    Could be a restructuring of our priorities is in order.


  2. Den says:

    SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! One big PITA out of my life!


  3. David B. Benson says:

    North and home again in 44 minutes. One magpie.

    Day 7: 161+44=205 minutes for the week.


  4. Den says:

    SMOG HELL is short for California.

    If leave your battery connected on a vehicle with a computer system starting in 1994 for an extended period of time it will go dead and most likely become a throw-away item.

    However, if you disconnect the battery to avoid the aforementioned catastrophe then reconnect it then take it to get smog checked they will not be able to read certain monitor codes because disconnecting the battery erases them.

    The codes can be put back however by driving up to 100 miles. AAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!

    I made it to 85miles and with the benefit of a code reader instrument made it up to 1 code out of 3 left and returned to the smog shop only to find it closed 2 minutes before I got there, this was 2PM, on a Saturday! I confronted the owner after pounding on the door enough, he told me too come back Monday, I said FUCK YOU YOU LAZY BASTARD and left, never to return.

    Luckily the buyer accepted the RV without smog.

    Driving on the freeway here 85 fucking miles on a Saturday is the embodiment of automotive hell, for a stupid computer issue that should be reset in 10 miles instead of 100 but some slacker at GM did not program that function, just pisses me off to no end, combine that with a slacker smog tech who refuses to take care of repeat customers (6 smog jobs before today) just kicks the damn stuffing’s right out out of profitable sale.

    Time for self medication.


    • º¿carol says:

      I’m glad we don’t have to have our cars inspected here in Michigan. One less pain in the ass to have to deal with AND pay for.

      Cash or a cashier’s check? You didn’t take a check that could bounce, right?


      • Den says:

        Cool cash, big stack of Benjamin’s, the hands full leader in the ‘Positive things that happened today’ category. 🙂


        • º¿carol says:

          I DO love cash. You’ll never see me use a debit card, only sporadically a credit card, we write out checks for the bills. Cash is best! Use it wisely, Grasshopper………….


        • jimhitchcock says:

          Funny thing happened to me on Wednesday, I had a spurious charge on my c/c from an outfit in Florida called MerryCheerToys. There was a phone # attached to the charge, called it, and the automated menu said ‘for an unauthorized charge, enter the last six digits of your card #.

          Needless to say, that card was cancelled.


  5. jimhitchcock says:

    Oh, and hey, The Donald, it’s Nevada, not Nevahda.


  6. º¿carol says:

    Heat wave today. Even the snow in the shady areas is gone. Horrible winds gone, and I’m going out for a walk. I didn’t dare go out there last night. Anything could have hit me. Lots of branches down today. One thicker than my thumb was actually sticking out of the ground. The wind drove it in about 2 inches! How about that!


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  9. º¿carol says:

    Went for my 9:00p.m. walk. Balmy night, to me. Still suited up in winter attire, but it was so tolerable out there, like spring. No snow at all, I walked all over the place. Had to be careful about the wood that blew down, but no accidents. I stayed out over an hour. Oh, well…I needed it. GREAT night to wander and think.


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